Parenting: kids who are read to have heard 1.4 million more words by kindergarten

Young children whose parents read to them 5 books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. Even kids who are read only 1 book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don’t regularly read books with a parent or caregiver. This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development. Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school.